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Flower Guide

March 23, 2010

When selecting the flowers for your event, whether it is a wedding, a social event, or a corporate function it is the most cost-effective to choose blooms that are in-season.   Now yes, when you’re flipping through pictures of a beautiful event or a gorgeous wedding bouquet and you can’t imagine anything else, it is possible to find most flowers in-season year-round. However, if you select flowers that are not in season locally they will likely have to be shipped in for the occasion – thus skyrocketing the cost.

A wonderful florist should be able to take pictures of your favorite arrangements and help you to understand how to achieve a similar look with in-season blooms.  If you are hosting your event in the Fall, but adore the look of peonies – a Spring flower – consider dahlias or full-bloom roses as a possible alternative.  If your budget allows for a wider selection of flowers use this guide for meanings and scent level, which is especially helpful for allergy sufferers and buffet table arrangements.

Season: Winter

Hyacinth

Hyacinth

Meaning: Games and sports, consistency

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets

Price Range: Inexpensive


Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Meaning: Dazzling

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive


Amaryllis

Amaryllis

Meaning: Pride, Beauty

Scent: Lightly fragrant

Best For: Centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive

Season: Spring

Calla Lily

Calla Lily

Meaning: Magnificent beauty

Scent: Lightly fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Anemone

Anemone

Meaning: Expectation

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Moderate


Daffodil

Daffodil

Meaning: Regard

Scent: None

Best For: Garden settings, in pots

Price Range: Inexpensive


Freesia

Freesia

Meaning: Innocence

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets

Price Range: Inexpensive


Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Meaning: Understanding

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Iris

Iris

Meaning: A message of faith, wisdom

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: In arrangements or potted

Price Range: Moderate to expensive, depending on variety


Lilac

Lilac

Meaning: Love’s first emotions

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Filler in arrangements or as part of bouquets, depending on variety

In Season: Spring

Price Range: Moderate to expensive


Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

Meaning: Happiness

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Bouquets, in combination with other flowers

In Season: Spring and summer

Price Range: Expensive


Magnolia

Magnolia

Meaning: Love of nature

Scent: Depends on variety of flower

Best For: Arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Peony

Peony

Meaning: Bashfulness, the American spirit of ambition and determination

Scent: Lightly fragrant

Best For: Arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

Meaning: Pleasure

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Arrangements in vases

Price Range: Moderate


Tulip

Tulip

Meaning: Love, passion

Scent: None

Best For: Arrangements and bouquets

Price Range: Expensive


Hyacinth

Hyacinth

Meaning: Games and sports, consistency

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets

Price Range: Inexpensive


Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Meaning: Dazzling

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive


Gardenias

Gardenia

Meaning: Joy

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive

Season: Summer

Calla Lily

Calla Lily

Meaning: Magnificent beauty

Scent: Lightly fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Delphinium

Delphinium

Meaning: Swiftness, lightness

Scent: Lightly fragrant

Best For: Arrangements

Price Range: Moderate


Freesia

Freesia

Meaning: Innocence

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets

Price Range: Inexpensive


Lily

Lily

Meaning: Majesty, truth, honor

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Moderate to expensive


Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

Meaning: Happiness

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Bouquets, in combination with other flowers

Price Range: Expensive


Magnolia

Magnolia

Meaning: Love of nature

Scent: Depends on the variety of flower

Best For: Arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

Meaning: Pleasure

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Garden setting, in vases

Price Range: Moderate


Gardenias

Gardenia

Meaning: Joy

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive


Alliums

Allium

Meaning: Unity, Humility, Patience

Scent: Fragrant – smells faintly like onions

Best For: Centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive

Season: Fall

Anemone

Anemone

Meaning: Expectation

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Moderate


Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Meaning: Understanding

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Expensive


Sunflower

Sunflower

Meaning: Short-stemmed sunflowers mean adoration; long-stemmed sunflowers symbolize haughtiness

Scent: None

Best For: Carrying a single stem in your bouquet and potted arrangements

Price Range: Inexpensive to moderate


Dahlia

Dahlia

Meaning: Elegance

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets and centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive


Amaryllis

Amaryllis

Meaning: Pride, Beauty

Scent: Lightly fragrant

Best For: Centerpieces

Price Range: Expensive

Season: Year-Round

Baby’s Breath

Baby's Breath

Meaning: Innocence

Scent: None

Best For: Traditionally a filler flower, but can also have creative uses

Price Range: Inexpensive


Carnation

Carnation

Meaning: Pink represents boldness, red symbolizes love, and white indicates talent

Scent: Lightly fragrant to not fragrant, depending on variety

Best For: Bouquets, boutonnieres, and arrangements

Price Range: Inexpensive


Chrysanthemum

Chyrsanthemum

Meaning: Wealth, abundance, truth

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Inexpensive


Gardenia

Gardenia

Meaning: Purity, joy

Scent: Fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and boutonnieres

Price Range: Expensive


Orchid

Orchid

Meaning: Love, beauty

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres

Price Range: Expensive


Rose

Rose

Meaning: Love, joy, beauty

Scent: Lightly to very fragrant, depending on variety of flower

Best For: Bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and arrangements

Price Range: Moderate to expensive

Stephanotis

Stephanotis

Meaning: Marital happiness

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Price Range: Moderate


Stock

Stock Flower

Meaning: Lasting beauty

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Filler in arrangements

Price Range: Inexpensive


Pansies

Pansies

Meaning: You occupy my thoughts

Scent: None

Best For: Small bouquets

Price Range: Inexpensive

Spider Mum

Spider Mum

Meaning: Elope with me

Scent: None

Best For: Centerpieces

Price Range: Moderately priced

White Tuberose

White Tuberose

Meaning: Voluptuousness

Scent: Very fragrant

Best For: Bouquets

Price Range: Moderately priced

Daisy

Daisy

Meaning: Share your feelings

Scent: None

Best For: Bouquets

Price Range: Inexpensive

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